Hello World!

Hello all, I'd like to take some time to introduce myself to the community of designers and contributors here at Dreamstime.

I'm a graphic designer who took a bit of break from the creative life to pursue a less creative, highly bureaucratic job with the government. Yeah, it's been an interesting ride...maybe not as crazy as the one in the shot to the left, but pretty wild.

Turns out though, creative minds tend to sort of waste away in that kind of atmosphere and I missed the creative process more than I could admit. For the past year, I have been pursuing my creative aspirations once again designing advertisements and publications for a local magazine.

I have been involved with photography in one way or another through every stage of my career - even the not so creative jobs. I can't say it has been a "passion" as many photographers would claim. Until now I mostly viewed it as a means to an end. I'd take the photo to get what I needed for my job.

However, the more I submit pictures and learn about the subtleties of lighting, the intricacies of composition and getting to know what makes a photo "sell" the more I can feel that "passion" bubbling to the surface. I've started looking for "good lighting" wherever I go and keep squinting my eyes trying to see the world through that tiny but revealing viewfinder.

Hopefully I'll get this thing down. As a long time graphic designer it feels easy for me to spot a "great" picture. As a fairly new "semi-pro" photographer I'm finding it is even more difficult to actually make those pictures. As my not so hot acceptance ratio attests, I'm still learning the ropes, but I hope to provide the designers here with some great stock for their online and offline efforts.

Thanks,

Russell Linton

Photo credits: Russell Linton.

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January 24, 2010

Dvargfoto

Welcome!!! I am assured of your good results. Good luck! :)
P.S. You have a very beautiful model!

January 20, 2010

Russelllinton

Thanks for all the support guys! I look forward to learning more about photography here from the eagle eyed editors and the talented contributors. Ok, so I don't call the editor's "eagle eyed" when I'm checking the rejected submissions list....yes Porjii, the acceptance ratio is a definite work in progress : )

January 20, 2010

Oseland

Hi Russell! Welcome to DT! I checked out your portfolio and think you'll do well here. Wishing you all the best!

Vicki

January 19, 2010

Adeliepenguin

Welcome back to the saddle:) I look forward to seeing more images, as you learn the ropes:):)
Have fun and good luck!

January 19, 2010

Porjii

Hello. Good luck and I hope your acceptance rate gets higher; you probably know about what pain I'm talking about

January 19, 2010

Preckas

Welcome and good luck. DT has made me pay more attention to photos and for sure helped me become a better photographer.

However don't forget stock and art photos are not 100% "compatible". Art photos brake the rules, look great with less lighti, look interesting if blurry . . you get the picture! Play with the camera and let yourself be as creative as you feel You may take pictures that are not stock worthy but they can still convey feelings and emotions (if not more so that traditional stock photos)!

January 19, 2010

Creativei

Welcome on board, and wish you lots of sales.

January 19, 2010

Frantab01

hi and welcome to DT, wishing you the best of luck :)

January 19, 2010

smartview27

I wish you to have a lot of success!

January 18, 2010

Keki

Hi there! welcome and the very best of luck! :)

January 18, 2010

Justmeyo

Welcome to DT!Hope to have fun here and good luck with sales!

January 18, 2010

Mani33

Welcome to DT & good luck ;)

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